Housing manufacturer pledges expansion

From staff reports

Cavco Industries, Inc., which last summer purchased Indiana-based Commodore Corp., the parent company of Commodore Homes of Pennsylvania and Colony Homes, both in Shippenville, and Pennwest Homes in Emlenton, announced Monday it will expand its national manufacturing operations in Pennsylvania, creating 55 new jobs and retaining 607 total existing positions over the next three years.

The announcement came from Gov. Tom Wolf’s office.

“Having a nationally recognized company like Cavco choose to expand their operations in Pennsylvania sends a very clear message to other businesses about the strength of our manufacturing sector,” said Gov. Wolf. “We are pleased to support this expansion project that will create and retain a total of 662 jobs and provide a significant boost to the local economies.”

Cavco and Commodore Homes LLC will continue to invest and expand operations at all three facilities 4 Pennwest Way, Emlenton (Butler County), and 20898 & 20510 Paint Boulevard, Shippenville (both in Clarion County). The company’s investment in the expansion project will include construction, renovation, equipment, and infrastructure costs.

The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $220,000 Pennsylvania First grant and a $98,000 workforce development grant to help train workers. Cavco has committed to investing more than $8 million into the project.

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.

Cavco paid $153 million last July to acquire the Commodore properties.